Mankini-clad cyclists turn heads

TIM DONOGHUE
Last updated 09:32 01/02/2013
Mankini cyclists
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THE BIG REVEAL: A group of cyclists donned Borat-style mankinis when they hit the road for their daily commute from Silverstream to Wellington today.

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Cyclists turned heads and drew supportive toots from motorists on State Highway 2 this morning as they rode their bikes from Silverstream to Wellington city wearing nothing more than "mankini" suits made popular by the film Borat. 

An event organiser Andy McMahon, 38, said a dozen of his mates had been speaking about wearing Borat suits as they rode their bikes from the Hutt Valley to work in Wellington. 

"This event had nothing to do with Sevens weekend. It's something we have been planning for a long time. One of the guys purchased 13 Borat suits and we took it from there. They did it today," Mr McMahon said.

The Borat riders were chapheroned by responsibly clad cyclists at the front and back of the group on their 30-kilometre ride. 

The group was made up of seasoned cyclists who ride to work regularly from the Hutt Valley. 

"They were aged from their mid-20s up to 50 years of age. It was all a bit of fun and people loved it," Mr McMahon said.

Contact Tim Donoghue
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Email: tim.donoghue@dompost.co.nz

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